‘Last Jedi’ will play a big role as Disney takes on Netflix

BB-8 in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (Lucasfilm via AP)

The value of “Stars Wars” to Disney goes well beyond the box office. Aside from spawning new video games, toys and theme-park attractions, the space-opera franchise will play a pivotal role in Disney’s efforts to build an online destination that can rival Netflix.

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